Denver planning unveils citizen academy



  • Denver to launch Citizens Planning Academy.
  • Academy will cover topics such as citywide planning, neighborhood planning and zoning.
  • Deadline to apply for the academy is Aug. 14.
Denver Community Planning and Development is launching an academy for citizens. A link to apply is at the bottom of this blog. But don't wait. The deadline to apply is Aug. 14.

Denver Community Planning and Development is launching an academy for citizens. A link to apply is at the bottom of this blog. But don’t wait. The deadline to apply is Aug. 14.

Denver residents will get an inside look at how city planning works starting in September.

That is when Denver Community Planning and Development launches the first-ever Citizens’ Planning Academy.

Hosted in partnership with the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation neighborhood coalition, the free, three-part Citizens’ Planning Academy curriculum will give 30 participants insight into the key aspects of citywide plans, neighborhood plans and zoning.

The goal of the academy is to empower residents, business owners and others with information so they can engage in and guide planning efforts effectively both in their own neighborhoods and for the entire city.

The academy will be held on three Wednesday evenings this fall: Sept. 30 and Oct. 14 and Oct. 28.

The application deadline is Aug. 14. A link to apply is a the bottom of this blog.

Courses will be jointly taught by city planners, neighborhood representatives and industry professionals, with interactive activities and group discussions.

They will cover:

  • Citywide Planning: How does a city of more than 650,000 set a vision for its future? Learn how to identify and rank transportation and land-use strategies to build sustainable and well-connected communities citywide.
  • Neighborhood Planning:  What are your neighborhood’s best features? What would make it healthier, more livable, and better connected? Learn how neighbors have worked together to determine what character-defining features to preserve and enhance, while opening doors for appropriate reinvestment to keep their area vibrant.
  • Zoning:Zoning can help translate a community’s broad vision into sticks and bricks.  Learn about Denver’s context- and form-based code and how it strives to improve the health, safety, prosperity and quality-of-life for all of Denver. Learn helpful tips about how to use the code, including online tools available at

After the pilot phase this fall, the academy may continue and expand in 2016.

To apply or for additional information, visit:

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